Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End (as seen in Outlander!)

With its sandstone-lined streets and distinctive mock-gothic university, Glasgow’s West End is beautiful — and its recent role as Boston and Harvard in Outlander has only bolstered its popularity with a new audience. This is a bourgeois bubble of Scotland’s largest city but for me, it holds more memories than a quick cameo in a TV show. It was here, two years ago, that I … Continue reading Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End (as seen in Outlander!)

A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip!

Even before Outlander first hit our screens back in 2014, one thing was crystal clear: Scotland is magical. Okay, the likelihood of travelling back in time through standing stones or meeting an entrantress in the pub is slim, but you just have to look at our country to be enthralled by its landscapes, history, castles and culture. Outlander has simply helped spread the word! During … Continue reading A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip!

5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

One of my favourite phrases — which I fire at friends and visitors alike — is, ‘there’s history everywhere you go in Scotland.’ But in some parts of our dear green country, it’s harder to believe. The central belt especially was a hotbed of manufacturing and mines in days gone by; history and beautiful buildings at times were razed to make way for modern industries … Continue reading 5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

Paisley: UK City of Culture 2021?

What do you think when someone says Paisley? If you were a Scottish teen in the noughties, this town was associated with one thing: Paolo Nutini. For me, he was an example of how a humble background is no barrier to creativity and success. I remember listening to These Streets and wondering if Paisley was anything like my home town; a stark contrast to the big cities … Continue reading Paisley: UK City of Culture 2021?

Why Irvine is Scotland’s ice cream capital

A day after returning from Rome in September, we were having gelato withdrawal symptoms (it’s a common occurrence, just ask your doctor). So when B’s family started talking about a place called Vanilla Joe’s — which has recently scooped Scotland’s Best Gelataria at the Italian Awards — our curiosity rumbled along with our tummies. So, with our tans still glowing, we zoomed down to Irvine to … Continue reading Why Irvine is Scotland’s ice cream capital

Review: McCune Smith Café, Glasgow

It’s September 2015 and I’ve just been back at McCune Smith! When I interviewed the owner Dan for the Journal two years ago, I fell in love with the café: the concept, the food, the aesthetics… everything. So here’s my original 2013 review plus some new images. Don’t forget to like McCune Smith on Facebook — they’re involved in some interesting events during this year’s Black … Continue reading Review: McCune Smith Café, Glasgow